A student just sent this to me via email.
I agree with the sentiment because I love John Hughes’ movies like most Americans…as a teenager I longed to be free like Ferris and even went to Chicago for senior skip day; who am I kidding, I still want to be like Ferris. Upon graduating college I was terrified to being trapped within 4 walls of a classroom so I joined the Peace Corps. Now I still get the restless urge to go go go…and yet I’m guilty of “doing life” like Cameron at times too. This year more than ones in the past, I’ve really tried to get to as many after-school activities as possible. I’ve coached golf, I’ve attended choir concerts, I’ve tutored, I’ve attended open houses, I’ve even jogged my way around a cross-country course. All of that makes the finality of the school year all that harder to deal with.
As the end of the school year approaches, the finality of all the work I and the students have put into the school year hits hard. I teach World History and we have covered nearly 12,000 years… but more so we’ve spent countless hours together developing a rapport. The students want to embrace their inner-Ferris Bueller; this includes rolling their eyes when I ask them to do something in the last week of school and wanting to break free from the school building ASAP… I, too, cannot wait for the freedom of summer vacation. Contrary to popular opinion, I DO NOT sleep on a cot in my classroom. However, having endeavored to “suck the marrow” (thank you Thoreau) out of life every single day, I’ve grown quite fond of the students in my classes.
They call me a nerd. They tease me for my strong opinions on Christopher Columbus. They make fun of how excited I get teaching certain world events… and I will miss it.
I’ve said my fair share of goodbyes. Forever goodbyes (until we meet in heaven anyway) at funerals, long distance goodbyes leaving for college, leaving for Peace Corps, returning home from Peace Corps, and goodbye for nows… but goodbye to seniors as you watch them embark on this new season of their lives is a unique one. I wish them the best. I hope I served them well.